31 March – Crayon Day

 

Crayon Day - Elizabeth Place

Every March 31st children and adults alike open up a box of crayons and enjoy colouring.  What a better way to take part in Crayon Day?

Wax and chalk based crayons have been used by artists around the world for centuries.  Edwin Binney created the brightly coloured crayons we are familiar with today.  He was part owner of Binney & Smith, a company that produced products such as paint, pigments and slate pencils for schools.

In 1903, Binney & Smith created the Crayola Division and produced coloured wax crayons for children for the first time. Then in 1904, they presented their An-Du-Septic chalk at the Colombian Exposition in St. Louis winning a gold medal.  The chalk was designed to be dustless at many teachers’ requests and was an immediate success.